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College Volleyball Tournament To Kick Off Monday; 13 Teams Participating

Dar es Salaam – The College Volleyball tournament this year is scheduled to start on Monday at the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) court. It is learned thirteen teams have so confirmed their participation. The preparation work for the start of the tournament has been completed, said Dar es Salaam Regional Volleyball Association (DAREVA) Acting Technical Committee Chairman ...

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National team, Rayon to spice up Baton relay

National man’s senior volleyball team and Rayon Sports face-off today at Amahoro indoor stadium starting at 3pm as part of the celebrations to mark the Commonwealth Queen’s Baton relay in Rwanda. The Queen’s Baton made its maiden visit to the country on Wednesday. The Baton was received by the Rwanda National Olympics and Sports Committee Chairman Robert Bayigamba, who expressed delight over the honour to have Queen’s Baton Relay in Rwanda – six months ahead of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. After touring Rwanda’s top tourist destinations in Musanze and Nyanza yesterday, the Queen’s Baton will be moved to Gisozi Genocide Memorial centre between 8 and 9am from where it will be taken to Amahoro stadium. After, it will be moved to Kimisagara Youth Sports Centre where different sports activities will be held between 10am to 1pm. The Baton will then be moved around from KBC round-about in Kimihurura to Amahoro indoor stadium where the volleyball match between the national team and the newly formed Rayon Sports will be played. The activities will conclude with a cocktail at the Kigali Serena Hotel in the evening. While the national team will be using the friendly match as part of preparations ahead of the FIVB world Cup qualifiers due in Cameroon in February, Rayon is preparing for their debut season in the national league, which also starts later next month. The Queen’s Baton arrived in Rwanda last night. Rwanda is the 26th stop of the Baton’s 71 Commonwealth destinations. As part of its epic journey, the baton will travel to Asia, Oceania, Africa, Americas (south), the Caribbean, Americas (North) and Europe. The baton will then complete the final part of the journey in Scotland where the baton will spend a total of 40 days. The Queen’s Baton leaves the country tomorrow for Tanzania, as it continues its East African tour. Rwanda will take part in this year’s 20th Commonwealth Games in Scotland between July 23 and August 3 in different disciplines such as athletics, boxing, judo, cycling, swimming and boxing. V-ball match National team    vs    Rayon Sports    4pm By Bonnie Mugabe & Richard Bishumba,The New Times

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Over 100 head to Burundi for EALASCA games

Rwanda sent a team of 106 players in six disciplines to the 5th edition of the East Africa Local Authority Sports and Culture Association (EALASCA) 2013 games, which started on Tuesday in the Burundian capital Bujumbura. The delegation, which also includes several officials from different districts, left Kigali on Monday. The athletes will compete in different disciplines, including volleyball (Nyarugenge district), traditional dance (Indatirwa Bahizi troupe), basketball men (Kicukiro district), basketball women (Gasabo district) and football (selection from different districts). The team was seen off by the Mayor of the City of Kigali, Fidel  Ndayisaba, at Stade de Kigali in Nyamirambo. According to the City of Kigali coordinator of Youth, Sports and Culture, Charles Rusimbi, the delegation will return home on December 23, a day after the conclusion of the games. By Ambriose Agaba ,The New Times

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Crowning moment: Captains emerge the best at Standard Group Sports Day

Captains are the overall winners of the inaugural Standard Group Sports Day that was held at Impala Club on Saturday. Juliet Thuo-Kimina (right) and Steve Ndeto (centre), Captains’ team leaders, receive the winners’ trophy from Standard Group CEO Sam Shollei at the end of the company’s Sports Day at Impala Club on Saturday night . PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/ STANDARD Dressed in the team’s conspicuous yellow T-shirts, the contestants from the group’s Commercial division amassed a whopping 82 points in the games to lift the title, which was iced with a Sh100,000  cash prize. Giniwasekao from the Electronic division emerged second with 80 points, which saw them bag Sh50,000. Hard-fighting Game Yetu, from the Print division, bagged Sh30,000 after finishing third with 57 points. Tying in fourth place with 52 points were Pacesetters and Cheche, while the Invincibles were sixth with 44 points. Among the games contested were Norwegian Ball, football, swimming, tug-of-war, pool, table tennis, darts, relays, volleyball, touch rugby and a decathlon obstacle race. “It is not a surprise that we won. We knew we would owing to the great preparation we had ahead of the games. We had all agreed that whoever  did not attend the training sessions would not take part in the games,” said Julius Mokaya, one of the Captains team members. Tight competition Fredrick Okango, another team member, warned other teams to expect tight competition in coming years. “This was part of history in the making as we are the first team to win the Standard Group Sports Day overall prize

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SEC opens first volleyball academy

Football academy Sports Empowerment Centre (SEC) has started a volleyball academy with a view to help nurture a new generation of talented players. Elie Mutabazi. The academy, the first of its kind in Rwanda, so far has 25 players aged between 12 and 14 years and are trained by APR and national team setter Elie Mutabazi. “Since all the players are school-going children, for now we train on weekends only but the plan is to accommodate all the players here with their parents’ consent,” Mutabazi told this paper on Thursday. According to SEC proprietor, Augustin Munyandamutsa, they wish to make a huge impact on development of the sport in Rwanda. “We intend to nurture a young and exciting generation of players for clubs and the national teams; our aim is to see these youngsters eventually play at the highest level possible,” he said. SEC also has a fully fledged football academy, arguably the best in the country, which has produced several of the current crop of young players including Amavubi Stars defenders Solomon Nirisarika and Michel Rusheshangoga. By Peter Kamasa,The New Times

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Kenya to start preparations for 2015 Los Angeles Special Olympics games

Kenya will start immediately its preparations for the 2015 Special Olympics to be hosted by the US inLos Angeles. National Bank boss Munir Ahmed presents a dummy cheque to Ann Nyikuli. PHOTO: JONAH ONYANGO/STANDARD Special Olympics Kenya (SOK) on Tuesday said it was important to start their preparation early if the country is to do well in the global competition. SOK want to come up with teams in track and field, handball, bowling, swimming, golf, equestrian, volleyball and basketball. The plans were boosted when National Bank of Kenyadonated Sh2.5million towards the same. “We will start competitions in every county to identify who will proceed to the nationals where we will hold selections for Kenya’s representatives in the games,” SOK chairman James Kimonye told FeverPitch. John Makathimo, a SOK director, explained that  the federation is starting the preparations early because most athletes have mental disability and are slow learners. Big contingent Kenya is seeking to take 53 athletes, 14 coaches and two officials to the games in Los Angeles. In order to recruit good athletes and competent teams for the games the SOK needs Sh10million. “We also need Sh47 million to take the teams to the World Summer Games. I take this opportunity to appeal to other well-wishers to come forward and support our athletes,” said Makathimo, who also urged the Sports Ministry to consider rewarding all their medalists. This is the second year in a row that NBK is sponsoring the SOK team. The bank donated a similar amount when SOK sent a swimming team to the World Aquatic Competition in Puerto Rico last September where Kenya managed four silvers and a bronze. NBK Managing Director, Munir Ahmed, reiterated the bank’s commitment to supporting sports in the country including those in vulnerable groups. Nurture talent “The sponsorship of the Special Olympics Kenya is important to the bank because it will help in nurturing talent among the vulnerable groups in our society,” Ahmed said. Ambassador Ann Nyikuli, who represented Cabinet Secretary for Art, Sport and Culture Hassan Wario at the ceremony, said the Government was keen on working with the private sector to promote athletes and ensure exemplary performance on the global stage. “I wish to urge other institutions to emulate NBK in support of Kenya’s Special Olympics teams as they prepare for the games,” said Nyikuli. “SOK has continued to institute good programmes, which have brought out the best in our sportsmen and women ranging from athletics to football to swimming for the intellectually challenged

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Simon Kibai Cherono strikes Sh4 million jackpot for sweeping Deaflympics Games

Nairobi, Kenya: Kenya’s team to the 22nd Summer Deaflympics Games in Sofia, Bulgaria, Monday walked home licking the sweat of their hard work with a total of Sh12.8 million reflecting in their bank account balances. Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore with Deaflympics medallists. Safaricom rewarded all the medallists with Sh12.8 million. Photo: Jonah Onyango/Standard Sponsors Safaricom kept their end of the bargain and rewarded 10 medallists with the windfall for winning 17 medals — six gold, five silver and six bronze — in the games that ended last week. Kenya topped Africa and was placed eighth globally out of 72 countries that took part in the competition. The greatest beneficiary was triple champion Simon Kibai Cherono who clinched gold in the men’s 1,500m, 5,000m and 10,000m. Cherono was not only awarded Sh3million (one million for each gold) but also received an extra Sh1million  for breaking the 10,000m World Record in 29:16.00, making his total reward Sh4 million. Another big winner was world champion Beryl Achiengwho doubled her pay cheque to Sh2 million for lowering the World Junior record time in the 200m to 24:46. “It feels good to be on top of the world. My task now is to strive and improve on the record,” Cherono told FeverPitch. Reigning world 10,000m, 5,000m and marathon champion Daniel Kiptum received Sh2.2 million for winning a gold medal in the 42km race and two silvers, while Baxton Menjo took home Sh1.9 million for winning gold, silver and bronze in the 3,000m, 1,500m and 800m. Other winners included the 2008 Turkey World marathon champion Peter Toroitich, who got Sh900,000, Lucas Wandia (Sh600, 000) and bronze medalists David Kipkogei, Rebecca Matiko, Michael Leting and David Wamira (Sh300,000 each). Speaking during the award ceremony, Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore congratulated the winners for their outstanding performance. “With each medal you won, and with your participation, you made Kenya proud. Safaricom is particularly honoured because we believed in you and you have brought back excellent results. “I would like to encourage the amateurs to continue training really hard as such a journey needs regular intense practice,” he said. The Chairman of the Deaf Athletics Association of Kenya, Jones Kirui thanked Safaricom for their support. He said it was a great incentive for the athletes, which is bound to make them perform even better in future. Jones said: “With this kind of award, everybody will work harder next time and Kenya will continue being at the forefront of these competitions.” The team surpassed their Taipei medal performance in which Kenya bagged seven medals that included four gold. At position 35 globally, South Africa was the second-placed country on the continent with two silver and one bronze medal. The Deaflympics Games, which take place every four years, are open to athletes who are hearing impaired. The different disciplines include athletics, football, basketball, volleyball and swimming. By Erick Ochieng’, The Standard

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